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Bay Front Center Small Boat Festival
14-15 Aug
Erie, PA

Port of Toledo 11th Annual Wooden Boat Show
15-16 Aug
Toledo Waterfront Park

Pine Lake TSCA messabout
29 Aug
Lansing Sailing Club, 6039 E. Lake Dr., Haslett, MI

Adirondack Canoe Classic - 90 Miler Race
11-13 Sep
Saranac Lake, New York

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
11-13 Sep
Port Townsend, WA

Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show
26 Sep
Corner of Moore Street and Caswell Avenue, Southport, NC

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Boatbuilding at the Library of Congress

The Truth About Cold Water

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

Coast Guard Light Lists

The John Gardner
Grant Program

BoatUS Member Benefits

Welcome to the World of
Traditional Small Craft

19th-century America saw the development of boats that rank as some of the most beautiful, most efficient, and most perfectly adapted boats ever conceived. Catboats, Whitehalls, wherries, peapods, dories, sharpies -- the list is seemingly endless and filled with wildly different designs and uses that share one thing in common: they each represent a long line of development that resulted in boats that were, and remain, virtually unsurpassable for their intended purposes...

-- Larry Feeney

Current News

15th Annual Henry N. Barkhausen Award for
Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History

The Association for Great Lakes Maritime History is looking for submissions for the 15th Annual Henry N. Barkhausen Award for Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History. The Association has sponsored the award since 2001 to recognize and encourage new research in the field of Great Lakes maritime history. Submissions are encouraged on any topic related to the region’s maritime history, and will be accepted from any person(s) researching that history regardless of formal training.

Winners of the Barkhausen Award receive a $500 cash prize, a complimentary one-year membership in the Association and, if requested, assistance in getting their paper published. Winners will also have their lodging, registration and awards dinner fees paid to attend the Association’s annual maritime history conference to participate and/or to present his or her paper.

Complete information about the Award program can be found at http://www.aglmh.net, under the Awards Program menu.

Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
Contest Calls for “Out-of-the-Box” Entries

ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 21, 2014 – Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” which kicks off today. “We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas,” said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.

“Waterway users are always looking for more comfortable life jackets,” added Edmonston. “While current models of life jackets save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant to wear them. This competition hopes to challenge that mindset.”

Entries that embrace new technologies and non-traditional thinking are being encouraged from individuals or groups, such as high school science clubs, collegiate design programs or even boat and fishing clubs. There are no rules regarding types of materials to be used or whether the design meets any current US standards. Entries can be as simple as hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes.

The entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. "Wearability" relates to the level of comfort. "Reliability" will take into account the chances for potential failure, while "cost" will look at the affordability of the design. "Innovation" will take into account originality or the utilization of new technologies. Additionally, the BoatUS Foundation will post entries on their website and Facebook page for public voting. The winner will be announced at the September 2015 International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and additional cash prizes are offered for second and third place. For more information or to enter visit www.BoatUS.org/design.

TSCA Now on Facebook

TSCA now has a Group Page on Facebook that will give us yet another method of advertising & highlighting events, showing off individual's new boats, and publicizing chapter activities.

The main page is a public discussion page, and can be used much like our current Yahoo Groups forums.

Each chapter and each builder can create his own photo album using the "Add Photo / Video" menu button, then the option to create an album. First one in each chapter to upload a photo should create a discrete album with the chapter name. Others can add to the album later.

Use the "Events" tab to automatically notify all group members of upcoming events.

You can reach the group under any of the "Find us on Facebook" logos in the menu bars or at

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